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Hendersonville, NC, women fight human trafficking

Sewing project in India offers dignity, source of income From left, Annie Fritschner, Lisa Clark and Robin Reed show some of the hearth scarves created by women in a life-changing sewing project in Durgapur, India. By Beth Beasley De Bona Halifax Media Group Correspondent Published: Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5:01 p.m. Shopping for fabric […]

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From the US Holocaust Museum

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Why Am I the Only One Weeping in Washington?

I was in Washington, DC this week, doing some work with fundraising colleagues. I spent a little time in the Holocaust Museum. A survivor was signing books about some of her experiences; I couldn’t introduce myself to her. I was already crying uncontrollably. The museum is designed so that the main hall into which one […]

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Progress

Through your generosity, the 10 spaces for women in the safe house in the Church of North India, Diocese of Durgapur are paid for for ONE YEAR! that means that 10 women can stay for up to one year and receive food, shelter, encouragement, medical treatment and time to heal before returning home or creating […]

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2014 Athena Awards Speech May 22, 2014

If I were to ask you to name some philanthropists, who would you think of? Raise your hands for Bill and Melinda Gates? Warren Buffet maybe? Oprah??? She gave $40 million in 2010. Did you know that Taylor Swift was actually the most generous celebrity donor in 2013? Would you call out your name? Probably […]

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Hearts, Flowers and True Love

According to Nielson research, by Valentine’s Day 2014, we will have bought 86 million pounds of chocolate. We will have purchased about 144 million Valentine’s Day cards, and according to the Society of American Florists’ estimate, we will also have bought 200 million roses. The National Retail Federation estimates that $4 billion will be spent […]

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Job, the Philanthropist

‘It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.’ This is from the Book The Invitation […]

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What the Athena Award means to Me April 2014

The Athena Leadership Model: The authentic self Relationships Giving back Collaboration Courageous acts Learning Fierce advocacy Celebration and joy Often I describe myself as a coward or a chicken. I have a big heart and have always led with it, but my head – the voices in my head – tell me I am afraid. […]

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

People usually do NOT like to tell how much they earn, how large a contribution they made, or how big a bequest they have planned for their favorite NGO. As wonderful as anonymous or humble donors are, it can extremely helpful if donors will tell their friends (and family members) how much they are giving, […]

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ATHENA Award goes to Fritschner

MIKE DIRKS/TIMES-NEWS By Mark Schulman Times-News Staff Writer Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 4:30 a.m. FLAT ROCK — “This is extremely, extremely personal and meaningful to me,” a stunned Rev. Annie Fritschner told the crowd after receiving the ATHENA award Thursday at the annual Business and Professional Women’s Luncheon at Kenmure Country Club. The […]

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